Capsize drill 2014

Petone Rowing Club spent the afternoon at Naenae pools practising capsize drills.

Performing a capsize and immersion drill in a safe environment, such as a swimming pool, is important so that participants know what to do should a capsize occur outdoors, and they find themselves immersed in cold water.

One aim of practising the drill is to increase individuals’ confidence in a controlled environment, and to educate them on what they should do, in the event of a capsize. Coaching individuals to perform a capsize drill and be immersed in water, also gives you as a coach, an indication of their competence and confidence in and under the water. Gaining confidence through practice in a safe environment can reduce any feelings of panic should a capsize occur.

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